Detlef Nolte is professor of political science at the University of Hamburg, honorary member of the Instituto de Iberoamérica of the University of Salamanca and associated researcher of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of GRIDALE (Grupo de reflexión sobre integración y desarrollo en América Latina y Europa) and a member of the academic advisory boards of several journals. He has been visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile, FLACSO Argentina and the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires.
He has been director of the GIGA Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS) (2006- 2018); vice president of the GIGA Institute of Global and Area Studies (2007-2016); acting president of the GIGA (2011-2014); president of the German Latin American Studies Association (ADLAF) (2010-2016); vice-president of the European Latin American Studies Association (CEISAL) (2010-2016) and member of the International Programme Board of the Latin America Programme, Research Council of Norway (2008-2018).
He studied Political Science, German literature, and history at the University of Mannheim; he earned a PhD in political science from the University of Mannheim and he habilitated at the University of Hamburg.